Reporter Rachel Dubrovin tells us what he was selling, and why these confidential informants are often used in local drug busts.
"Sir you have a right to a trial by jury," said Latah County Magistrate Judge William Hamlett.
Patrick Stanley, 23, had his first appearance in court Wednesday morning. He's facing four felony charges for dealing marijuana, acid, and mephedrone.... which is also known as 'Molly' in the summer of 2013.
"We turned the case over to the Quad-Cities Task Force," said Moscow Police Chief David Duke.
Duke explained that his department works with the Quad-Cities Drug Task Force to solve some of the more serious drug crimes like this one. In Stanley's case, the task force was able to confirm that he was dealing drugs with the help of a confidential informant.
"They have a background or history with different individuals, are able to know the processes and go in and purchase the drugs," said Duke.
Chief Duke said these confidential informants are community members, and they're used in many Quad Cities Drug Task-Force busts. In fact, the task force employed 39 of them in 2013.
"If we used one of our officers, which we have before to make the buys, then sometimes they're recognized by other parties in the community," said Duke."So that's why the informants are a better resource."
According to court documents, the drug transactions happened at an apartment complex on Levick Street in south Moscow. But police are still searching for another person who was involved in these drug deals.
"They believe she is in the Seattle area at this time," said Duke.
Arrest warrants were issued for Stanley and Melisa Tendrow in January. While Stanley was arrested in Wyoming in May, Tendrow has yet to be found.
"So Tendrow is not in the system and not charged?" said Judge Hamlett.
Even though there's no word on when, or if they'll be able to locate Tendrow, Duke said the work of the task force is critical in keeping drugs and criminals off the street. He said in 2013, they investigated 58 major drug cases like this one, and 51 resulted in convictions.
Stanley has another court hearing scheduled for June 18th. If the state is able to prove to the judge that there's enough evidence to convict him of the felonies, the judge will schedule a jury trial.